who we are


Chris

CHRIS SATO

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Chris Sato was born a filmmaker - he had no choice. His father worked as a director of photographer for WTTW Channel 11 and his mother is an award-winning filmmaker who once sat between Alfred Hitchcock and one of the actual Warner Brothers at an awards ceremony.

He's addicted to filmmaking - the people, the pressure, the creative discovery. No project is ever alike and he's always up for the challenge.

He's animated snowmen, lived in an abandoned building to save money for a feature film and has constantly made his clients happy during his 10 years in the industry. If you're looking for a creative partner to spark some life into your project look no further than this handsome devil.


 

Mike

MIKE MEYER

DIRECTOR / LEAD EDITOR

Mike Meyer comes from a line of plumbers and farmers.  There was no pre-destiny in his filmmaking career, although his dad loves Turner Classic Movies and he was once yelled at by Mickey Rooney.  Be that as it may, he goes at his filmmaking with gusto, moxy, hustle, pizazz, and all other kinds of depression-era words for "enthusiasm."

The past 10 years have been dedicated to pursuing the love of cinema he's had for the last 30.  From award-winning short films to corporate process videos, from sprawling action features to local car commercials, Mike tackles them all with well-honed skill, wit, and a exuberant child-like energy that's infectious and a little scary for a person his size.

If you're looking for someone to help shepherd your idea through the creative process, look no further.  He's always got an eye on his flock, and has one of those big hooky things on a long stick to keep it on the right path.




 

Lindsey

LINDSEY MARKS

BUSINESS MANAGER / ASSISTANT EDITOR

Lindsey Marks brings a background of extensive experience in project management and a portfolio of successful creative endeavors. She worked for several years as the Program Manager for the Arts and Business Council of Chicago, where she was responsible for client intake, coordination of Business Volunteer projects, and broader strategic and structural planning. Lindsey holds a BFA in acting from the University of Louisville, and has an extensive resume on stage and on camera. She is also an acclaimed performance artist, dancer and choreographer appearing at events such as TEDx Midwest, Beggar’s Carnivale, America’s Beauty Show and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Lindsey began her collaboration with Yokai Films dressed as a care bear who was tired of “playing nice.” She continued her work with them as the lead actor in Yokai’s debut feature film “Heaven is Hell,” and as both writer and actor in the series “Hitwomen.” She now brings her business acumen to Yokai, assisting in the development of the company and coordination of projects. Lindsey has found a new obsession in the choreographic creativity of editing, and is excited to develop her skills as an assistant editor.


 

jason

JASON KRAYNEK

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Jason is a self taught creative that started with drawing cartoons, recording skits onto cassette tapes, and performing one man shows age 10. After school he did numerous stage plays, both onstage and crew roles, learning acting, dance and set design.

For the next decade he directed, wrote, and performed improv/sketch comedy, learning cinematography and editing to boot- which turned into freelancing as a fashion and music photographer. Finally ending up with a multi ball of skills, he moved to Chicago to pursue a creative career in film.

His motion focus is on visual storytelling in the subjects of feature/short films, music videos, commercials, documentaries and events. His portfolio includes various awards and assignments that display his edgy visual “Harsh Lighting” style while aways trying to push new ideas.